During Tarte’s last friends and family sale (30% off, yeah!), I bagged a few of their foundations. Two shades of the Tarte Maracuja Miracle Foundation 12-hour Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Sunscreen (in shades ‘light’ and ‘light medium’) and the Amazonian Clay 12-hour Full Coverage Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Sunscreen (in shade ‘light medium sand’).
Until my early 30′s, tinted moisturizers or very sheer foundations were enough for the coverage I needed. As I get older, my need for higher coverage and a great finish is much more pronounced, perhaps also because my skin is not as in great shape as in when I was younger. So I’m always tempted by great foundation reviews, and these Tarte ones have been getting those in good number. This review is for the Maracuja Miracle foundation. I will review the 12-hour Full Coverage Foundation later.
First off, the shade ‘light’ is a very good match, as foundation goes. I have a very strong yellow tone, and it is hard to find a good match amongst international brands (local Indonesian brands, however, give me great matches). Note the difference in shade ‘light medium’ in the two types of these Tarte foundations. While ‘light medium in the Maracuja Miracle line is too dark for me, ‘light medium sand’ in the Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Foundation is actually a good match (such a good match that I had to add another layer since the camera could not pick up the swatch on my inner arm).
The finish of the Maracuja Miracle Foundation is sheer and slightly satin-y. In the picture below, the Foundation was applied atop serum and without primer and powder. I suppose you can add a few layers to get medium coverage.The lasting power is standard (starting to lose coverage and having to blot after about 4 hours), but I like the color match, having some sun protection, and that it applies nicely without a primer (hail silicones and beeswax galore!).
Passiflora adulis seed oil (the so-called maracuja) is listed very, very low in the ingredients list. I doubt you are getting any significant amount of miracle, ha!